Way back in 2008 Sam Rouen won the third series of ‘The Biggest Loser,’ a reality TV show that pits overweight contestants against each other to see who can lose the highest percentage of bodyweight for a cash prize.
Aged just 19 at the time, Sam weighed a hefty 154kg when he had just started on the show, and by the end had lost an incredible 71kg.
Now 29 and a fireman, it is clear that he has kept up his good habits since his appearance on the show after releasing a post contemplating on the 10 year period of his astonishing transformation.
“Wasn’t sure if I was going to do this post?” He said. “However, 10 years hey. What a time. So much has happened, good, bad, everything between. Highest highs and lowest lows. All I know is I’ve got some amazing people in my corner and I’m unconditionally appreciative of that.”
Sharing a before-and-after photo from chubby teenager on the show to ripped and toned firefighter, he is completely unrecognizable from his former self.
He has found love and appeared as a model in a firefighters calendar, and is devoted to his healthy lifestyle and workout regime.
“I’m addicted to working out now, I definitely love running and working out with my brother. I play a bit of sport to stay in shape and also work out in the gym,” he told Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph.
However despite his chiseled body he still has some leftover anxiety formed long ago during his overweight days. “I’m still extremely self conscious,” he says. “I still don’t like taking my shirt off, even at the beach.”
Sam’s story is quite inspiring and shows what can be done with some hard work and dedication to healthy living.
Having achieved his aim of becoming a fireman and coming out looking amazing in the process, Sam believes that “you can be at your lowest point and, with a bit of hard work and persistence, you can turn it around and fulfill your dreams.”
This is Sam Rouen, pictured before as a teenager on reality TV show ‘The Biggest Loser’
He was always heavy in his younger days before deciding to go on the show
He was the winner of the third series back in 2008
Going from a hefty 154kg
To 83kg, losing an astonishing 71kg in 12 weeks on the show
He has kept up his healthy lifestyle in the 10 years since
”I’m addicted to working out now, I definitely love running and working out with my brother”
He has fulfilled his dream of becoming a firefighter
And has appeared as a model in a firefighters calendar
However, he still gets conscious of his body.
“I still don’t like taking my shirt off, even at the beach”
“You can be at your lowest point and, with a bit of hard work and persistence, you can turn it around and fulfill your dreams”